Inspired by his great confidence and unwavering spirit, New Era Cap is proud to unveil its latest CAPTURE THE FLAG® cap honoring Muhammad Ali. Often referred to as the “Athlete of the Century” and “The Greatest of All Time,” Ali truly embodies the essence of the CAPTURE THE FLAG® program. His career may have skyrocketed in the ring 50 years ago, but his legacy and character continue to influence generations of sports fans around the world.
New Era’s limited-edition Ali CAPTURE THE FLAG® pays homage to his historic gold medal victory on September 5th, 1960, during the summer games in Rome, Italy. Reminiscent of his uniform, the cap is white leather with red, white and blue satin stripes and emblazoned with his signature. The underside features a white satin lining with a gold imprint of a waving American flag and the words “Celebrating 50 Years.” The Muhammad Ali Enterprises logo, featuring his signature open-armed stance, appears on the back of the cap. Each cap will be sold in a specially designed case.
New Era plans to support the collaboration at multiple events, including an in-store EA Sports Fight Night competition and an online tribute contest incorporating some of Ali’s famous quotes.
A portion of the sale of each cap will go to the Muhammad Ali Center (www.alicenter.org) in Louisville, Kentucky in an effort to preserve the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali.
The cap will launch world wide on July 30th, 2010, and will be available exclusively at New Era’s flagship locations and online at www.neweracap.com/ali for $125.00.
With 144 units available worldwide, this cap is extremely limited.
JON “BONES” JONES vs. VLADIMIR “THE JANITOR” MATYUSHENKO
MARK MUNOZ vs. YUSHIN OKAMI
JOHN HOWARD vs. JAKE ELLENBERGER
TAKANORI GOMI vs. TYSON GRIFFIN
PAUL KELLY vs. JACOB VOLKMANN
DAMARQUES JOHNSON vs. MATTHEW RIDDLE
JAMES IRVIN vs. IGOR POKRAJAC
BRAIN STANN vs. MIKE MASSENZIO
THIAGO TAVARES vs. WILLAMY FREIRE
DARREN ELKINS vs. CHARLES OLIVEIRA
ROB KIMMONS vs. STEVE STEINBEISS
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2010
Live from the San Diego Sports Arena– Tickets on Sale Now
Jon “Bones” Jones will attempt to continue his meteoric rise within the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division when he steps into the Octagon® to face veteran fighter Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko at UFC LIVE on VERSUS, live from the San Diego Sports Arena. “Bones” Jones defeated Brandon Vera in March to improve his record to 10-1, while Matyushenko has been victorious in his last two fights since his return to the UFC. The main event will be supplemented by riveting matchups featuring various stars such as Mark Munoz, Yushin Okami, John Howard, Jake Ellenberger, Takanori Gomi and Tyson Griffin. The fights will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET, marking the second time a UFC event will be televised on a national sports cable network.
The prelude to the main event features Mark Munoz (fighting out of Vallejo, Calif./8-1), winner of five of his last six fights, including three in a row over the likes of Ryan Jensen and Kendall Grove. With a background in wrestling, the heavy-handed fighter also has knockout power to coincide with a well-versed ground game which could prove dangerous for his opponent Yushin “Thunder” Okami (fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan/25-5). The veteran fighter out of Japan has been victorious in eight of his ten fights within the UFC. One of the most physically imposing fighters at 185-pounds, Okami will be a true test for his latest opponent.
A boxing background has been beneficial for Boston native John Howard (fighting out of Boston, Mass./14-4) while in the UFC. His last two victories have come via knockout, most recently against Daniel Roberts at the first UFC on Versus. Overall, this welterweight fighter is undefeated in his UFC career, but Jake Ellenberger (fighting out of Omaha, Neb./22-5) will try to tarnish that record. A recent addition to the UFC, the native from the Cornhusker State scored a TKO over Mike Pyle at UFC 108, just 22 seconds into the second round. Ellenberger’s granite chin and heavy hands will guide him in this welterweight matchup.
Former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi (fighting out of Tokyo, Japan/31-6) will make his second appearance in the UFC after his slugfest with Kenny Florian at UFC Fight Night in March of 2010. The accomplished wrestler has a terrific ground game, complemented by tremendous knockout power. Standing across the Octagon from Gomi will be Tyson Griffin (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev./14-3). The native of Sacramento, California employs an aggressive ground and pound attack, which should match up well with Gomi’s wrestling background. The winner of six of his last eight fights, Griffin looks to get back in the title race with a win over “The Fireball Kid”.
The toughness and conditioning of Paul Kelly (fighting out of Liverpool, England/11-2) has never been questioned, as half of his six fights within the UFC have gone the distance and each time, Kelly has been the unanimous victor. Kelly has excelled at the ground and pound, which will be tested against Jacob Volkmann (fighting out of White Bear Lake, Minn./10-2), who has a stellar wrestling background. The former Big Ten wrestling champion most recently won a split decision over Ronys Torres at UFC Fight Night in March, after consecutive battles with Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann.
The versatile DaMarques Johnson (fighting out of Salt Lake City, Utah/16-7) is on a two fight win streak within the UFC, defeating Edgar Garcia and Brad Blackburn via submission and TKO, respectively. The Utah native faces a tough matchup with Matthew Riddle (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev./4-1), who has had all of his professional fights within the UFC. A wrestling background, with a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, has helped this young fighter excel inside the Octagon.
A veteran fighter who has fought in both the UFC and WEC, James “The Sandman” Irvin (fighting out of Sacramento, Calif./14-6, 1 NC) doesn’t often spend much time in the Octagon during his fights. Of his 13 fights between the two organizations, nine have ended in the first round. His matchup against Igor Pokrajac (fighting out of Zagreb, Croatia/21-7) is important for both fighters, as they are both in need of a victory. A top-10 fighter on the European scene, Pokrajac is coming off hard-fought scraps against Vladimir Matyushenko and James Te Huna.
Former WEC light heavyweight champion Brian Stann (fighting out of Scranton, Pa./8-3) began developing his combative mindset as an Infantry Officer in the Marine Corps. Stann has won two of his last three fights within the UFC and plans to make it three out of four against former National junior college wrestling champion Mike Massenzio (fighting out of Paterson, N.J./11-3). The well-rounded New Jersey native has not fought in the UFC since 2008, but Massenzio will utilize his brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu to prolong his stay within the organization.
Brazil native Thiago Tavares (fighting out of Florianopolis, Brazil/18-3-1) has four wins in the UFC and has battled some of the elite names in lightweight division such as Tyson Griffin, Matt Wiman, and Kurt Pellegrino. On August 1st, he battles Willamy “Chiquerim” Freire (fighting out of Fortaleza, Brazil/17-3). Making his UFC debut, the fighter out of Brazil has won eleven consecutive fights, five by submission. The young fighter has had twenty professional fights and he has finished 13 of them.
The first lightweight matchup for UFC on VERSUS features two rising stars as Darren Elkins (fighting out of Hobart, Ind./12-1) will face Charles “Do Bronx” Oliveira (fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil/12-0). Elkins made his debut in March for the premiere of UFC on VERSUS and was victorious over Duane Ludwig via TKO stoppage. Oliveira will make his debut for the UFC after amassing a tremendous unbeaten professional record.
The first fight of the evening features Rob Kimmons (fighting out of Liberty, Mo./22-5) who is a 3rd degree black belt in American jiu-jitsu. The Kansas City native has won two of his last four fights in the UFC and will be tested when he faces Steve Steinbeiss (fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz./4-3) on August 1st. Steinbeiss is a durable fighter with speed and power who is seeking his first victory in the UFC.
Samsung Electronics made soccer fans of the whole region tremble in Panama
Samsung Electronics made the Rommel Fernandez Stadium in Panama City tremble with the most expected match ever, “Messi and friends, vs. the rest of the world.” Lionel Messi, considered the best soccer player of the world shined with his team winning the game 6-4 against the Rest of the World.
Messi, inspired and cheerful scored a total of 3 goals, breaking with the lack of goals of the recent World Cup and delighting the 30,000 fans that attended the game. Fans from Costa Rica, Venezuela, Ecuador, El Salvador and other countries of the region joined Panamanian fans and enjoyed the game until the last minute, in spite of the persistent rain.
Panamanian players had an outstanding performance, especially Blas Perez who scored 3 goals for the Rest of the World, including a “chilena” that provoked the euphoria, especially among Panamanian fans. Fernando Morientes had already scored the first goal of the team.
The other 3 goals of Messi and Friends were scored by Lucio, Leandro Lazaro and Franco Zuculine.
At the end of the game, Yoon Lee, president of Samsung Electronics Latinoamerica gave Messi a trophy as gratitude for his participation in the game and in recognition for his successful career.
This time last year, Toronto’s twin rap duo A-Game had the summer going crazy with their first single “Go Head Shawty”. Earning them 300, 000 views on Youtube to date, Seeing that their first single was such a success, the boys of A-game knew that they had to make another single. The start of the new decade seen the twins releasing their sophomore dance-friendly record “Airplanes” produced by T-Minus.
Since the release of “Airplanes” the club banger has been featured on numerous countdowns as well as receiving heavy rotation from torontos own radio flow 93.5. Thanks to the high demand and positive feedback of the song, it was only fitting that a video should be made. The video was shot mid-May by super director Aaron A (who has also directed for Nelly Furtado, Down With Webster, etc). A-Game’s official DJ Spoonz and platinum producers Tone Mason among others made it out, and also appeared in special cameos for the video.
The boys are currently in the studio working on their PilotModeMuzik EP which is due fall of this year which sees production from Boi 1da, Bass Line, T-Minus, Megaman, & Tone Mason.
Tickets for the Canada-Honduras Men’s International Friendly match will go on sale this Tuesday 20 July at 10.00 ET. Canada will host 2010 FIFA World Cup™ participant Honduras on Tuesday 7 September at Stade Saputo in Montréal, QC. The match, presented by BMO, will kick off at 19.30.
Fans can purchase their tickets via Admission at www.Admission.com or 1.800.361.4595. Ticket prices start as low as $20 while premium tickets cost just $40. Group rates are available in select sections with the purchase of 10 or more tickets.
“This is simply an excellent opportunity for the national team and its players,” said national head coach Stephen Hart. “Playing at home is always special and I am certain both the players and Canadian fans will welcome this announcement.”
Canada will play back-to-back home matches on FIFA international dates in early September. On 4 September (17.30 kickoff), Canada faces Peru at BMO Field in Toronto (Ticketmaster / 416.872.5000). The Canadian team then flies to Montréal to face Honduras on 7 September (19.30 kickoff).
Canada last faced Honduras at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup in the quarter final stage. Honduras won 1:0 on a penalty kick goal. In 2010, Honduras was one of three CONCACAF nations that participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
Honduras is Canada’s second 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ opponent this year. In a trip to South America in late May, Canada lost to eventual quarter-final participant Argentina on 24 May. On that same trip, Canada also drew 1:1 with Venezuela on 30 May.
With South Africa now complete, the world turns its attention to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The Canada-Honduras match is part of Hart’s early preparations in advance of the next FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers, which are expected to begin in 2012. In between, Hart and the Canadian squad will also have the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup (schedule also yet to be announced).